|Taming of the Shrew
May 24-June 26, 2016
This summer, Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take.
Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land
themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry
off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier
Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart)
plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in
Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go
to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous
things we all do for the human heart.
|Troilus & Cressida
July 19-August 14, 2016
Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida.
Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern
epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient
In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young
prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who
knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax,
Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return
the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without
end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama
about romance and revenge in a world at war.